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Under My Skin
Released: 2014, Rocklahoma
I understand a band or their label wanting to stand out and be different but for the most part having a cover design that is so far out in left field can actually harm your chances of someone checking out your music. Such is the case with the EP of the band Tempt. Everything about the presentation is pretty weak; a slimline digipak with no booklet, a poor band name, bad logo, dumb album title and a horrible, horrible pink album cover. I haven’t seen so much pink on an album cover since the Death’s LEPROSY in 1988 and people are STILL talking about how bad that colour scheme was, let alone in the infamous pink logo of the first Megadeth album. It is just as bad on the back cover featuring a baby blue backdrop for the individual photos of the members who look 15 wearing…well… let’s just say outfits made of leopard and zebra prints from the back grandma’s closet do not look good on anyone. At all. Ever. Especially not a young Hard Rock band from NYC! I was really prepared to dismiss UNDER MY SKIN on many levels and I’m worried that other critics and fans will too. However, that would be a mistake.
UNDER MY SKIN is a four song, 15 minute long EP and musically it is fantastic. These kids have put out together a very surprising and impressively mature debut. The songs are catchy, performances rock solid, the production is great and they all combine for a powerful debut. The sound is rooted firmly in classic Melodic Rock/Metal from the 80’s, something you might hear on a Kane Roberts album, it’s that good. Harrison Marcello provides some fluid soloing and all the songs have big backing gang vocals to bolster the impressive choruses. The EP finishes strong with a powerful ballad called ‘Time Won’t Heal’ with tinges of acoustic guitar. It has hit material written all over it.
Tempt has got what it takes. So often, new bands have lots of good qualities in terms of ideas, image and presentation but the music is not there. In this case it is the total reverse. Tempt have got the music down, now they just need a total revamp of everything from band name and image. Strip it all down, burn the clothes, dump the effeminate image and posturing and start from scratch and re-launch this band into the ultra-mega-huge, kick-ass melodic Metal band they deserve to be. Do not listen with your eyes, check UNDER MY SKIN out for an amazing sneak-peek at this excellent, promising young band.
1. Under My Skin
2. Use It Or Lose It
3. The Fight
4. Time Won't Heal
Harrison Marcello-Guitar, keyboards
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